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Recession may force project changes

SOLIHULL Council’s cabinet members were last night asked to approve changes to the north Solihull regeneration project.

SOLIHULL Council’s cabinet members were last night asked to approve changes to the north Solihull regeneration project.

It was revealed in the Solihull News last week that the £1.8 billion scheme had been forced to adapt in response to the recession.

Under the revised business plan, the redevelopment has been scaled-back and the scheme is now expected to finish in 2022 - not 2017 as originally planned.

The announcement sparked concerns about the locals already waiting for homes and properties that could lie empty for years before the bulldozers move in.

But Ian Cox, the partnership’s programme director, said that authorities remained committed to improving north Solihull and pointed to the redevelopment so far. The report prepared for cabinet members says the proposals will cost £4m and will be part-funded from Solihull Community Housing reserves.

So far, the regeneration has seen more than 300 new homes and two new schools built across the borough’s poorest wards.

 

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